I've been craving a getaway lately and have been itching to be outdoors a bit more. Two Sundays ago, the kids and I headed to Clico Boutique Hotel (incidentally, the place I got married two years ago) for their spring lunch and music, and it was just what I needed to a) feel like I was on a mini break, and b) spend some time outdoors.
The Clico restaurant is highly rated for its unpretentious yet sophisticated food offering, but on Sundays it's casual fine dining, and it's chilled enough to go with kids – my baby was crawling around the restaurant, while my son played in the garden and swam in the pool.
The service is stellar, and the food is excellent. There are kids meals such as pastas and burgers, but instead of processed and out the freezer fare, you get hand-cut chips and homemade pastas. For grownups, there are salads, sandwiches, pastas and larger "meatier" mains. I had a rye sandwich with halloumi and hummous, which was divine. Desserts include cheese boards, chocolate brownies and Eton Mess, and vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce for the kids.
The music is relaxing and upfliting, and when coupled with a G&T or glass of wine, and the backdrop of a gorgeous lush garden in the middle of the northern suburbs, the weight of the week and the anticipation of the coming work week fall away.
Pictures of Clico: Via Clico